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Take the Smart Cities Challenge survey: How can we connect people through technology to make life better?
March 28, 2018 -
The City of Kingston is seeking input on how to make life better for residents by connecting people through technology. The answers to the survey at GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca will be used to shape the City's Smart Kingston Strategy – and its entry into Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge.
"The Smart Kingston Strategy is about improving the lives of Kingstonians by finding ways to strengthen social, business and other connections in innovative ways. We want to develop technology to build a smart, 21st century city in a way that is meaningful and makes sense for the people who live here," says Craig Desjardins, director of strategy, innovation & partnerships.
Through the Smart Cities Challenge, the City could receive an investment of $10 million to further develop its Smart Kingston Strategy and implement innovations.
As examples of the kinds of innovations the City is seeking, Desjardins points to smart local successes like the introduction of the HONK mobile app to help people pay for parking from their smartphones, or Utilities Kingston's Sewer Overflow Map, which people can consult ahead of deciding where to swim or boat.
The Smart Cities survey closes at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16. The City's application for the Smart Cities Challenge will be submitted on April 24.
For more background on the Smart Kingston Strategy, see: www.CityofKingston.ca/Projects.
For more on the Smart Cities Challenge, see: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
About the City of Kingston
Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.
Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.